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Few elements of an interior are more important than lighting. Studies show that lighting can affect everything from your mood to your behavior and choices. Plus, the right lighting is crucial to properly showcasing an aesthetic. And the latest home gadget from Dyson is maximizing lighting’s power to the fullest, offering a lamp that can do virtually everything but charge your phone. Just kidding, it can also charge your phone. 

Dyson is well-known for its high-design, high-tech items, like hairdryers, vacuums, and fans, and now the brand is applying its powers to lighting. Dyson’s new smart light, Dyson Lightcycle Morph, “intelligently

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Los Angeles just got a whole lot cooler thanks to architect David Adjaye’s recent project. Fashion retailer The Webster, well known for its Art Deco-style flagship store in South Beach, commissioned the British-Ghanian architect to design its new 11,000-square-foot space in LA. Forming the foundation of the Beverly Center, the design is nothing short of stunning. 


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The structure is comprised of bubble-gum pink concrete, which offers a compelling juxtaposition with the brutalist building it sits underneath. Of the uniquely pink structure Adjaye told Dezeen, “In the past five years I’ve started

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Twice a year, brands and designers from around the world gather in Paris for one of the most influential interior design and home decor trade shows on the globe, Maison & Objet. The event showcases the latest and greatest home designs from brands far and wide, featuring everything from furniture and textiles to decor and lighting. And while only design professionals can attend the event, the rest of us can delight in the trends that inevitably arise from it, and this year is no exception.

From sculptural vessels to modular furniture, these are the trends from Maison & Objet that you’re about to

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Among the biggest e-commerce trends to hit the market in recent years are direct-to-consumer brands. If you’re not familiar with the term, a direct-to-consumer brand is just a fancy way of saying that the brand sells items without using a retailer, like a department store or boutique, as a middleman.

The advantage of this sales model for consumers like us is that it means products are typically cheaper without sacrificing quality. Retailers often mark up the items they sell to make a better profit, but because direct-to-consumer brands don’t use retailers, you can avoid those mark-ups and receive a better deal.

All of that being

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Prefabricated homes have long added affordability and convenience to the architectural landscape of the U.S., allowing residents to live virtually anywhere for a fraction of the price of a traditional house. In addition to being convenient and affordable, prefab homes also have the potential to be among the most environmentally-friendly on the market--just ask Mexico City-based firm STUDIOROCA. 

STUDIOROCA is taking prefab homes to new, more sustainable heights with its prefabricated housing system dubbed VMD (Vivienda Minima de Descanso). Developed by architects Rodrigo Alegre and Carlos Acosta, VMD homes

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We always make sure to follow the innovative products and technological advances that come out of CES, and this year’s event definitely didn’t disappoint. CES 2020 showcased a ton of inventive products and designs intended to make our lives happier, healthier, and easier, especially when it comes to home technology.

From temperature-controlled weighted blankets to AI home robots that help you complete household tasks, these are our favorite home tech products to come out of CES 2020. 

 

chiliBLANKET, $299

There’s nothing quite like the calming embrace of a weighted blanket, but many agree that their

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With over 320 million users regularly pinning their of-the-moment inspirations and desires, Pinterest holds a lot of insight into the latest trends. And, at the end of each year, the company uses this information to highlight what people are coveting most across categories like food, style, beauty, and home in its annual report, Pinterest 100, showing the biggest trends you can expect to see in the new year.

Connection, nature, and sustainability were common themes across all categories, including the home decor and furnishings space. People are also increasingly interested in global styles, looking

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2019 State Streets Home Sales & My Outlook for 2020

 

I am proud to have sold three State Street homes in 2019:  3202 Iowa, 3209 Michigan, and 3216 New York.  These sales represent the highest 3 prices per sq. foot for the year, and 3 of the 4 highest ever in the State Streets.   Looking back, I appreciate my clients' trust in my pre-marketing preparations, home pricing, and negotiation strategies for each sale.  Each home received multiple offers with 10 total offers received over the three homes.   I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you to show you how I can help you achieve the same with your home sale.  The top sale in the neighborhood according to sales price in 2019 goes to the expanded 1722 Missouri St. at $1,049,900. 

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2019 Canyon Park Home Sales & My Outlook for 2020 

Market value for a standard three bedroom, one bathroom "Freedom Home" with few to no upgrades jumped above $800,000 during 2019.  910 Dogwood was in need of upgrading throughout and sold for a mouth-watering $804,500. Dogwood has become one of the nicest streets in the neighborhood, which certainly played a role in this sale.  With interest rates hovering around 4% and inventory incredibly low, I predict this base price will continue to hold strong in 2020.  There’s an abundance of first time buyers and move-up condo buyers who love our little secret by the bluffs, and when they compare prices to east side Costa Mesa, or even red-hot College Park, Canyon Park looks like a steal.

I predict that lot

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In addition to parties, desserts, and decorations, the holiday season also brings about a special treat for design enthusiasts each year: Pantone’s Color of the Year. The authority on all things color, Pantone has been declaring its annual hue for more than 20 years, which never fails to inform everything from fashion to branding to home furnishings and decor. In other words, the color the company honors always becomes an instant trend, so it’s a great place to start if you’re looking to refresh your abode in the new year. 

Last year, Pantone gave the honors to the organic and vibrant hue, Living Coral, which was

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